Friday is supposed to be a day of jubilee. You’re supposed to be able to pick up some food on the way home, kick off your shoes and just relax. Friends are suppose to lock arms and sing their favorite songs as they walk to the entrance of the concert or maybe sing soccer chants as they find themselves sitting at their national team’s futbol match.
This is the exact opposite of what happened Friday in France, where a blatant act of terrorism befell the country. President Francois Hollande has closed the nations’ borders and called for a mobilization of the country’s military as the nation has been put on emergency. It’s being reported by multiple news sources (NY Times & Yahoo) that this heinous act has claimed the lives of over 153 people CNN, at multiple locations around the country’s main sports stadium, Stade de France, and other known destination spots around the city.
Sources say that an apparent suicide bombing, near the stadium, was so loud that it could be heard as Germany and France squared off on the soccer pitch, forcing President Hollande to evacuate the participants. The main act of terrorism, however, took place at The Bataclan, a popular music venue, where close to 100 hostages were reportedly taken. The Bataclan is also close to the infamous Charlie Hebdo location.
Multiple witnesses reportedly heard automatic rifles being fired, able to see nothing but the flash of the rifles. Others reported that the attackers threw at least two grenades into the crowd. No one knows the motive of these attacks nor the true face of whom plotted these crimes but this ordeal came to a horrific stop once police killed two attackers at the Bataclan theatre.
This is truly a downright horrid event. Innocent lives were lost and many others have been forever disrupted. We will never know why; we will never understand for what cause?
So What Do We Do?
"Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing."
1 Peter 3:9
What can we do, as Christians, when this type of evil affects this world? We do as we were called to do in Romans 12, where it states “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” I know that line gets old, especially when you have so much anger heaped into your soul, you feel as though you’re burning. Your eyes are red from crying and your body is weak from exhaustion. I know the anger and while I can never know the pain in this instance, I do know the one consistent. God.
Romans 12 also states, “It is MINE to avenge; I will repay.” The verse later tells us not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Take time to mourn for those who’ve lost a loved one in this horrible incident. Take time to comfort someone, even if it’s a total stranger; give him or her an arm. The thing that makes us God’s children is that he’s given us the ability of resiliency. Rising out of the ashes has been a trait of ours for as long as the world has been complete. Adam and Eve had to stand strong after Abel was murdered; Noah rebuilt civilization after the great flood destroyed everything; Moses was in the desert until he saw the burning bush that would change life as he knew it; Joseph was dropped in a well, imprisoned falsely and still became second to only Pharaoh. We were built for times just as these.
Take your time to mourn, France, but we need you back and stronger than ever. These are the moments that build movements to stop those who oppose all that are the Lords’. These are the moments we need to take to social media, stand in the middle of the city hand and hand or speak up about and say enough, God loves us all. These are the moments we also need to forgive.
This moment reminds me of Ananais, the disciple who was called to minister to Paul (formerly Saul). Paul was on a warpath before the Lord called on him. He persecuted those who opposed his beliefs to no avail. That is until he was knocked off that horse, and blinded after seeing Jesus on that Damascas Road. Now imagine Ananais’ response when God called upon him to minister unto Paul, whose reputation preceded him. Yet, Ananais was obedient and because of that obedience Paul became one of the greatest workers for the Lord we have ever seen.
Obedience is never easy. However, God calls us to be obedient and feed our hungry enemies. Doesn’t mean that we have to excuse any act of terrorism but it does mean that God will take care of all in his due time, for the sins we’ve committed. Stay strong France. Unashamed Impact stands united to pray for the healing of your great nation.
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